Safeguarding risks may increase during isolation for vulnerable children and adults.
Some people try to take advantage of others through scamming or financial abuse.
Children may spend more time online making them more vulnerable to online bullying, sexual grooming, abuse and exploitation.
High-stress home environments increase the risk of domestic violence & abuse.
Safeguarding is everybody’s business; we all have a role in spotting when things aren’t right.
- Abuse and Neglect are likely to increase due to increased isolation and stress
- Professionals have less opportunities to identify abuse so individuals and communities can help by being aware of potential indicators of abuse
- Be aware of signs that someone may be suffering abuse and please report it / discuss it with someone
- Services that can help are still operating and will work with the individual to help keep them safe
Keeping safe from scamming or financial abuse:
- Don’t be rushed into making a decision, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
- Only buy things from a reputable outlet and think before you give out money or your personal information.
- Don’t assume everyone is genuine. It’s OK to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
- If someone claims to be from a charity, ask them for ID. Be suspicious of requests for money up front.
- Check with family and friends before accepting offer of help if you are unsure.
- You can contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
If you are concerned that you or someone you know is being abused or neglected:
- For safeguarding concerns about adults call 01422 393000
- For safeguarding concerns about a child or young person call 01422 393336
- On evenings or weekends the out of hours number for both is 01422 288000
- To report a crime call 101 or in an emergency call 999
If you have access to the internet, you can visit calderdale-safeguarding.co.uk for more information about safeguarding in Calderdale.